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  • T-90MS details emerge

    Jane’s has learned details of the mission systems mounted in the Russian T-90MS main battle tank (MBT), including the fire-control system (FCS), sighting and observation equipment, and vehicle-protection systems. Elements of the Kalina FCS – which is used in conjunction with the

  • NATO signs ELGTR follow-on agreement with Lockheed Martin

    The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed a five-year agreement with Lockheed Martin enabling the agency to procure Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) on behalf of NATO member countries. ELGTR emulates the employment characteristics of Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs

  • US Air Force awards Boeing contract for AWACS avionics upgrade

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 7 December awarded Boeing a USD46 million contract modification to upgrade the avionics in its Boeing E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, according to a Pentagon statement. The contract modification is a firm-fixed-price and

  • Born again: DDG 51 restart on course as Flight III approaches

    With DDG 51 guided-missile destroyer build lines now re-established in two shipyards, attention is now turning to the transition to an evolved Flight III design incorporating the AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar. Christopher P Cavas examines how the US Navy is going back to the future

  • Northrop Grumman leads integration and testing of DARPA’s HIVE chip

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Northrop Grumman to integrate and test a new graph processor chip, currently under development, that will enhance the efficiencies and capabilities of today’s top processors. The goal of DARPA’s Hierarchical Identify

  • Australia moves ASC workers onto submarine programme

    The Australian government announced on 11 December a plan to move 200 workers employed by state-owned shipyard ASC from its programme to build Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to its project to sustain the service’s Collins-class submarines. Minister for

  • Aselsan aims Asian expansion through Malaysian subsidiary

    Turkish defence firm Aselsan is aiming to position its new subsidiary in Malaysia to support regional expansion, with an initial focus on remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWS). A company official confirmed to Jane’s on 8 December that Aselsan Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary

  • Houston company developing UUV to manipulate at extreme depth without umbilical

    A Houston, Texas-based company is working with the US Navy (USN) on a minimally supervised, autonomous unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) that will be capable of operating deeper than 3,000 m without a surface vessel or an umbilical. Nicolaus Radford, Houston Mechatronics senior vice-president for

  • BAE Systems providing C-UAS prototype to USN for Mk 38 testing

    Key Points The capability is not expected to use lasers or rely on signals jamming The USN intends to install the prototypes on ships in September 2019 The US Navy (USN) is expected to issue a sole source contract to BAE Systems to add a counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capability to the

  • European Defence Agency steps up its cyber focus

    Key Points The agency has broadened its cyber activities in recent years Collaboration with industry will assist in developing capabilities For the first time the focus of the European Defence Agency’s (EDA's) annual conference was exclusively on one topic: cyber, reflecting the importance

  • Meggitt introduces FATS 300 training system

    Meggitt Training Systems has expanded its range of small arms training systems, launching its FATS 300 multi-screen immersive trainer at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando. The system consists of five flat 150x84 inch, 16:9

  • US Army seeks air defence and C-UAV system for Stryker vehicles

    The US Army is looking for an interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system to field on its Stryker wheeled infantry carrier and reconnaissance vehicles. A request for information (RFI) for 72 Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems was issued

  • Israel declares F-35 to be operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has declared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to be operational, the service announced on 6 December. This milestone for the IAF’s F-35, which is designated F-35I Adir (‘Mighty One’) in national

  • PAKFA flies with production-standard engine

    The Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter has flown with a production-standard engine for the first time, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 5 December. The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy, UAC said, adding that the

  • USAF sets out F-16 SLEP timeline

    The US Air Force (USAF) has outlined the proposed timeline for the planned service-life extension programme (SLEP) of its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, with questions from industry being answered on 4 December. Having issued a request for proposal for the F-16 SLEP

  • ‘Cyber Coalition 2017’ exercise to draw lessons learnt in early 2018

    NATO concluded its 10th annual ‘Cyber Coalition 2017’ (‘CC2017’) exercise on 1 December in Estonia, with some 900 participants from allied and partner countries, industry, research institutes, and the EU. A key goal of its mix of vignettes was to test the allies’ speed

  • Brazil launches effort to modernise Cascavel ARVs

    The Brazilian Army on 1 December approved guidelines for a project to modernise its EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), which is armed with a turreted 90 mm Cockerill Mk2 low-pressure gun. Several cavalry units field 409 Cascavels (comprising 157 Mk IIs, 37 Mk VIs, and 215 Mk

  • Common by design: Norway and Germany partner to evolve next-generation Type 212CD submarine

    The Norwegian government’s desire to reap the benefits of a common submarine design has provided the catalyst to a long-term strategic partnership with Germany. Richard Scott reports On 2 February this year the Norwegian government decided to pursue a strategic co-operation with Germany

  • Draper Labs targets natural forces for satellite control

    The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory is using natural forces in space to control spacecraft, satellites, and potentially nanosatellites. Smaller satellites are more difficult to manoeuvre due to the impact that drag, solar radiation pressure, and magnetic field forces have on them. The result on

  • USN continues with integration of Magic Carpet carrier landing system

    The US Navy (USN) is continuing the development and deployment of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies, known in the USN by its acronym Magic Carpet, a system meant to make easier and safer to land F/A-18 aircraft

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